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This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONederlandse versie

Do you manufacture or sell consumer products in the Netherlands? You must comply with rules regarding labelling. Labels must indicate, for example, content, composition, and shelf life for the product concerned.


Labelling is required for most food and consumer products. On foodstuffs you must for instance indicate expiry dates and E numbers. And on clothing you should state among other things the composition of the article. For many products there are specific requirements regarding the information on the label, among others:

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, NVWA) checks whether this information is correct. They can take measures if the information is incorrect or insufficient.

If your product is not listed here, it may not be subject to any additional labelling requirements. If so, you have to keep to the rules for general product safety. Article 2 of the General Product Safety (Commodities Act) Decree (Warenwetbesluit algemene productveiligheid, in Dutch) sets out what your product or the packaging should state.

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